Eric Adams Gaslights Citizens: Being Monitored Is Good For You

In New York, the manner in which authorities will go about combating crime, including the use of intrusive technology, appears to be determined more by political concerns than by professional ones.

It’s clear that Mayor Eric Adams hasn’t read 1984 because he just said “Big Brother” isn’t a bad man at all. The idea of constantly being monitored by authorities is very much in the vein of the dystopian future.

Crime City

According to the reports, the mayor, who has remained in office for one year, is well aware of how the city managed to enter into a crime era – an enormous rise of 23.5% was recorded in just the last year alone.

Allegedly, this “lawlessness” emerged as a consequence of epidemic initiatives that, among other things, made the problem of homelessness even more severe. It contributed to the growth of anti-police rallies and a deterioration of morale among law and order personnel.

Today, Adams, a Democrat, is trying to appease both his “moderate” followers and the “walkers on the left,” who reject anything that might closely mimic support for the police.

He is doing this by focusing entirely on contentious methods, such as facial recognition and surveillance cameras. He hopes by accomplishing this; he will address the crime rise.

It would appear the mayor is among those who hold the view that police suddenly do not have the tools to fight crime, despite the fact they did have such capabilities before the availability of this technology.

According to the summary provided by Politico, Adams’ favored methods consist of applying “techniques to more precisely detect common criminal behaviors and construct profiles of criminals.”

As a result, the primary focus of his employment moving forward will be on utilizing these methods. Adams would also want to give “Big Brother,” a symbol of unrelenting totalitarian state monitoring, a makeover while he’s at it, and he wants to do this simultaneously.

Trust Adams. It’s For Your Benefit

In light of this, he criticized his fellow legislators for being unable to “embrace the technology” and for regarding technology-based monitoring as “crap,” which is a sentiment that many people share.

Adams gave his opinions to Politico, stating it is surprising to him how little we embraced technology; he believes a significant portion of the problem is many political leaders are terrified.

He went on to say anyone who thinks it’s unsettling that Big Brother is monitoring them thanks to modern technology is mistaken; in reality, Big Brother is looking out for their best interests.

ShotSpotter and Evolv are two businesses that have been identified as attempting to give the NYPD technology that is compatible with the mayor’s ideas.

The plans have been criticized by human rights organizations like the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project because they are seen as being especially harmful to minorities.

However, these organizations also point out the plans could have a negative impact on “every aspect of dissent.”

This article appeared in NewsHouse and has been published here with permission.